The Briton Andy Murray has made a comeback on the ATP circuit by defeating the Belgian, David Goffin in the second round Shenzhen Open. This records the best of his matches in 2018. He swept aside the top-seed Goffin 6-3 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open. Murray improved his record to 6-0 against the World Number 11, Goffin. He won his first Top Fifteen victory since the 2017 Roland Garros where he overthrew the World Number 9, Kei Nishikori.
“I felt like in terms of the way I hit the ball, it was the best I’ve played, and I think I knew that I was going to have to hit the ball very well if I wanted to win,” said the 2014 Shenzhen open champion, Murray. “I love the conditions that we play in. Usually, it’s quite humid, and the courts are a little bit faster than what we usually play on the tour. The conditions that I like are fast courts with slow balls, and with the humidity, that slows the ball down a little bit. I feel like I’m able to control the ball very well here.”
In the opening set, Murray happens to take a 4-1 lead. Surprisingly, in the second one, the Scotsman galloped to lead by 5-1 against the Belgian. “I know David’s been struggling a little bit with his serve, with his shoulder the last month, month and a half. So I was able to get a lot of returns back in play, put a lot of pressure on his service games. I served pretty well myself,” Murray said.
It’s the second quarterfinal for Murray this year, the first one being in Washington. He will face the Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco, who came across Taro Daniel of Japan 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. The Brit leads a 13-2 against Verdasco. However, the Spaniard steamrolled over Murray in their latest second-round meeting at the Flushing Meadows.
The 31-year-old British man played his eleventh match this year with a World Number 311 ranking. He underwent a hip-surgery in the month of January and he holds a 7-4 win-loss record for this year. Moreover, he will conclude this year’s season at the Chinese capital, Beijing.